Southport FC Former Players Association (Port Online)

On This Day: January 8th

On this day in 1927 Southport caused a huge upset, knocking five time cup winners Blackburn Rovers out of the FA Cup.


Stadium: Haig Avenue
Competition: FA Cup / 3
Date: 08/01/1927
Attendance: 11738

Southport Line-Up: Jack AllenJimmy BimsonHarry BeadlesAlbert BradleyJack NewnesGeorge SapsfordTed GloverTommy ‘Topping’ SinclairBilly ‘Salty’ HalsallTommy WhiteHarry Marshall,  
Goals: Tommy WhiteHarry Beadles

A packed grandstand and paddock as it looked in 1927.

Southport had an old score to settle with the Rovers, as they had knocked out the ‘Port five years earlier. Blackburn. a side with a great Cup tradition fell at their first hurdle; first young Tommy Wnite-schoolboy star of the early ‘twenties—surprised the experienced Sewell, Blackburn’s goalkeeper, to put Southport ahead and then, after the interval, Beadles scored the second.

Unfortunately, an injury prevented Beadles from taking part in the fourth round tie, when Southport finally met their match, losing 3-1 at Anfield in front of 51,6,10 (receipts £3,200) which still remains the highest crowd before which they have played. Southport appeared overawed by the occasion, and were well beaten on the day: had Liverpool’s shooting not been so wayward the score would have been higher still.